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Southampton Memorial Hospital School of Practical Nursing 1976
Paul D. Camp Community College-1984


 Fine Art of Fiber-Chicago Botanic Gardens-Glencoe, IL-2009
 Fine Art of Fiber-Chicago Botanic Gardens-Glencoe, IL-2010
 "Material World"-Wilmette Public Library-Wilmette, IL-2011
 Member Show-Deerpath Art Gallery-Lake Forest, IL-2011
 Fine Art of Fiber-Chicago Botanic Gardens-Glencoe, IL-2011
 "Stitched Together-Art and Science"-Fermilab Art Gallery-Batavia, IL-2011-12
 "This is a Quilt!: SAQA's Traveling Trunk Show (Asia/Africa)-2011-2013
 Fine Art of Fiber-Chicago Botanic Gardens-Glencoe, IL-2012
 WJIF "Footwear"-Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI-2013                                                                   WJIF "Footwear"-Chicago Flower & Garden Show-Chicago, IL-2013
"MILAGROS" Exhibit-Addison Center for the Arts-Addison, IL-2013
"Exquisite Uterus"-UWM-Milwaukee, WI-2013
"MILAGROS" Exhibit-Adler Center for Music & Art-Libertyville, IL-2013
WJIF "Paradigm Shift"-Chicago Botanic Gardens-Glencoe, IL-2013
Fine Art of Fiber-Chicago Botanic Gardens-Glencoe, IL-2013
"MILAGROS" Exhibit-Charlevoix Circle of Arts-Charlevoix, MI-2013/2014
WJIF "Paradigm Shift"-Anderson Art Center-Kenosha, WI-2014
WJIF "Paradigm Shift"-Chicago Flower & Garden Show-Chicago,IL-2014
SAQA 25th Anniversary Trunk Show-ongoing
WJIF "Masks"-Fine Art of Fiber, Chicago Botanic Gardens-Glencoe, IL-2014
8x8x8 Group Exhibit-Fine Art of Fiber- Chicago Botanic Gardens-Glencoe,IL-2014
WJIF "Masks"-Anderson Art Center-Kenosha, WI-2015
WJIF "Masks"-Chicago Flower & Garden Show-Chicago, IL-2015
WJIF "Umbrellas"- Fine Art of Fiber, Chicago Botanic Garden-Glencoe, IL-2015
Crazy Eights Group Exhibit (Chicago Icons) Fine Art of Fiber, Chicago Botanic Garden-Glencoe,IL 2015
WJIF "Umbrellas"-Anderson Art Center-Kenosha, WI-2016
WJIF "Umbrellas"-Chicago Flower & Garden Show-Chicago, IL-2016

Women's Journeys In Fiber-'Footwear:Women's Stories'- 2012
Women's Journeys In Fiber-'Paradigm Shifts'-2013
Women's Journeys In Fiber-'Masks:Disguise~Expose~Celebrate'-2014
Women's Journeys In Fiber-'Umbrellas:Open to Ideas'-2015


Cover of RubberStampMadness-July/August 2004
Artitudezine-Spotlight Article- Spring 2005
Somerset Studio
Somerset Studio Gallery, Vol. 4, Summer 2007, Winter 2007
The Best of Stampington-Handcrafted, Vol. 4
Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Issue 52 January/February 2014
Belle Armoire Jewelry, Summer 2016


hi cathy- i'm writing a brain article to post on LinkedIn and wanted to use your beautiful textile image on neural pathways. I would, of course, credit you and link to your blog if that's ok with you. Please email me at and let me know - thanks.

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